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    Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln Assassination Letter.
    2 pp. letter, May 15, 1865, written to Corporal George T. Kime, by his cousin, while with the 24th Regiment V.R.C. (Veteran Reserve Corps) in Washington, DC. Kime enlisted in the 122nd Ohio Infantry in August 1862, was captured in the Shenandoah Valley, and escaped. He rejoined his unit, but fell ill and was transferred to Co. C 24th Reg. V.R.C, in Washington, D.C., in March 1864. He was on guard at Ford's Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865, when Booth Assassinated President Lincoln. The letter reads in part: "Dear Cousin,....You said that the awful tragedy cast a gloom across your mind. I am sure it is no wonder for such a awful event as that is enough to melt a heart of stone. That awful murder there is no death hardly bad enough for him, but he is gone as he shot the president so he has also been shot, it seems strange to me that the president was shot in the head, so he was also shot in the head. The flag that only a few days before waved so gladly in triumph are now bound around with grape and bunches of the same almost conceal it from our view, and heartless villains was not satisfied with his death, but tried to take the life of also Seward and his sons. When I think of the awful calamities I think all of them hung. I do sincerely pity Mrs. Lincoln and her son. Oh how I do wish I could have seen the remains of our president, but it was not to be. George, I want to know if you have seen him, I hope you did. We have heard this morning that Johnston's army has surrendered but the greatest wish that now prevails is that they may catch Jeff Davis, for we hear he is trying to get away and that he has wagons and men employed carrying his money. We do not know whether he will be caught or not but he will, and hear that the government has offered 50 thousand dollars for his body....Sara". An excellent content letter, with references to the assassination of the President, Booth shooting the President and the attack on Seward and his son's, and the ultimate death of Booth. A detailed account, and comes with the original transmittal cover.

    Please note the other Kimes lot in this sale. It contains a letter from his father, from 1865, asking his son about a piece of wood from Lincoln's box at Ford's Theatre that George Kimes owned, with Lincoln's blood on it. Along with that letter comes the actual piece of wood! Both lots come directly from a descendent of the Kimes family.


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    November, 2019
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